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Confessions Of A ZAPPA Fanatic
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on 7 November 2013
Well this is different. Chats with Arthur Barrow and photographer John Livzey, meetings with Wild Man Fischer, gigging with Mark Volman & Howard Kaylan, a close look at songs Frank chose to cover, a visit to the Broadside, negative audience reactions to support bands, a Synclavier demo by the Maestro himself. And so on. Obviously one for fellow fanatics, but in this follow-up to his book, Summer Of Love, My Ass!, long-time Zappa fan Tom Brown - you know, the guy who compiled the first two Beat The Boots sets for Rhino - has assembled several articles and interviews that together make for a right riveting read.

Revealing many things about Frank you won't find in conventional biographies, Tom writes it all in an endearing and entertaining style. He is unafraid to speak his mind, too - which he does throughout, particularly on the subject of Mrs Z (though he does perhaps justify his animosity in the chapter covering his visit to the Zappa tape vault).

There are further insights into the Beat The Boots sets, life inside the Zappa household, Flo & Eddie's recording style, Frank's sandwich making skills, and more. Seriously interesting stuff for hard-core fans.

Tom knows his stuff. Now, if only he can gain access to his own `vault' (most of his possessions are currently locked in storage), he might find enough material for a second volume.
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